Thunder fans, now would be a good time to locate the mute button on your remotes and familiarize yourselves with the unfollow button on your various social media platforms.
Talk about the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes is kicking into high gear.
Yes, the Thunder superstar is still two years away from becoming a free agent. Yes, it seems a wee bit crazy that the clock is already ticking down to DD-Day — Durant’s Decision Day. But it was evident earlier this week that the speculation has been turned up a notch.
The Knicks hired Derek Fisher on Tuesday, one of the biggest stories in one of the world’s biggest media markets involving one of basketball’s proudest franchises. And among the first-day story lines — the notion that the hiring was motivated in part to lure Durant to New York.
Fisher, you see, is a guy who Durant came to like during the elder guard’s time with the Thunder, and when Durant was among the first to congratulate Fisher via Twitter, even calling him “bro,” well, of course, that had to be a sign.
Durant must want to play for Fisher!
Never mind the fact that KD seems to like just about everyone with whom he comes in contact. I mean, he hugs the gray-haired gals who work as ushers at The Peake.
That must mean he wants to stay in Oklahoma City!
Brace yourselves, Thunder fans. This is only the beginning. For the next two years, any major move by any franchise that might be a player in 2016 free agency is likely to come with a Durant subtext. Pundits will offer opinions. Insiders will seek clarity.
After Fisher’s hiring in New York became official, for example, ESPN.com’s Ian Begley reported a league source believes that Fisher’s presence could help the Knicks land Durant should he leave the Thunder.
“It will definitely be a factor,” the source said.
The source went on to say of KD: “He only wants to win a championship.”
Well, no kidding. But the Thunder is way closer to winning a title than the Knicks are right now. So, does that mean something? Or if Durant wins a title in OKC in the next couple years, does that mean he stays? Or if he doesn’t, does that mean he goes?
And what about the things that Durant said over the last month of the postseason? The day he accepted the MVP, he called this the “perfect place for me,” then said of Oklahoma, “The grass is not always greener on the other side.” And the night that the Spurs eliminated the Thunder from the Western Conference Finals, Durant called Oklahoma City “our city.” Does any of that mean anything?